Tag Archive for politics

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. The New Yorker / February 27, 2017 / Elizabeth Kolbert (Edited for length) Even after the evidence “for their beliefs has been totally refuted, people fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs…” Thousands of subsequent experiments have confirmed (and elaborated on) this finding.…

APA Calls Upon Congress to Oppose American Health Care Act

Expresses concern to House leaders over Congressional Budget Office analysis APA Press Release / Thursday, March 16, 2017 / Contact: Jim Sliwa / (202) 336-5707 / jsliwa@apa.org WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association and its affiliated APA Practice Organization sent a letter to congressional leaders stating their opposition to the American Health Care Act after a…

Division in Religion and Politics

Why (and How) “Good” People are Divided: Religion and Politics Written in 2013, the book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Religion and Politics” by Jonathan Haidt resonates in 2017. Amazon.com’s description of the book is as follows: “As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the…

Politics and False Information

Political Affiliation Can Predict How People Will React to False Information About Threats February 2, 2017   How liberal or conservative a person is predicts how likely they are to believe information about potential hazards, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study found that people…

Bridging the Political Divide in 2017

Neuroscientists and a linguist provide explanations behind our country’s current political situation. Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged The following article discusses findings from a recent brain imaging study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Excerpts are as follows: As we’ve repeatedly seen in this divisive post-election season, political beliefs are…